Coping with Trauma

Psychological trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. But many overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.

Recent posts on Trauma


The Golden Years: Traumatic Stress and Aging

By Shaili Jain M.D. on October 20, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
Recently, I spoke with Dr. Joan Cook, clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, about PTSD in older adults.

High School Dating Abuse

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 20, 2016 in Cravings
Recognize the signs and learn what to do about this all-too-common behavior among teens.

Talking About Sexism: Responding to Trump

Trump’s words and behavior compel a deeper and more challenging conversation about sexual violence. We must combat the triple threat of denial, dismissal and victim blaming.

Death Penalty May Not Bring Peace to Victims' Families

Does the death penalty provide true justice and closure to victims?

How Human Traffickers Keep Victims Mentally Enslaved

Psychological manipulation tactics are critical to traffickers’ success, and coercion, manipulation and psychological abuse are often more powerful weapons than physical violence.

Sexual Assault Stories Flood the Internet—Now the Next Step

By Marty Babits on October 19, 2016 in The Middle Ground
Many thousands of women are giving voice to painful experiences of traumatic assault. Many are mobilized now for more intensive healing. Find out how they can follow through.

The Power of Dance to Work with Trauma

In this article, Life, Death and Transformation: Keep Moving, three Turkish therapists learn how to use dance to express the affirmation of life in the face of death-

Sensitive Topics: Not All That Sensitive

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on October 15, 2016 in Pop Psych
Giving people surveys about histories of victimization and sexual behavior do not appear to trigger them anymore than standard, minimal-risk questions.

Reflections on Veteran Suicide, Veteran Resilience and Tribe

Trauma may not be the that thing catalyzes despair but rather the combination of trauma with gaping attachment wounds that service members feel when they separate from their tribe.

The Hidden Victims of Workplace Bullying: Family Members

Be proactive in ways to protect your family from the reach of the workplace bully.

If You Meet a Shark in the Dating Pool, Swim Away!

Beware that "soulmate" feelings may be echoes of former trauma that may lead us into a relationship that will morph into the nightmare of the abusive situation.

Trump's Failed Apology

Why it is so important for Trump (and all of us) to give meaningful apologies

On Confession

What is behind the American obsession with public confession?
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BDSM as Harm Reduction

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on October 13, 2016 in Standard Deviations
Research indicates that BDSM behavior can be used as a harm reduction intervention to provide positive mental health benefits.

Why Some People Don't Apologize

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on October 12, 2016 in Just Listen
Have we reached such a point of incivility that a sincere, heartfelt, remorse filled apology is an idea whose time has come and gone?

Can Donald Trump Earn Forgiveness? The 4 H's and 4 R's

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on October 10, 2016 in Just Listen
Had Donald Trump gone too far? Is he unforgivable? Is there anything he can do to earn forgiveness. The 4 H's and 4 R's represent his best chance.

Calling Trump and Clinton - It's Hurricane Matthew

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on October 10, 2016 in Just Listen
The best leaders make great judgment calls with regard to: strategy, people and crisis. This is a great opportunity to "ready test" candidates Trump and Clinton on judgment

The Wounded Healer Psychotherapist

There is a myth, which contains some truth, that psychotherapists are emotionally disturbed people, which is what attracts them to the work they do.

Post Traumatic Growth

Those of us who struggle with trauma, find that rising to the challenge reveals our hidden abilities that were formerly untapped.

Auto Accidents and Insurance Issues

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in The New Normal
Are you covered in an auto accident?
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"You're My Celebrity Soulmate"

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on October 05, 2016 in The Human Equation
When does a fan become a foe? When the pseudo-intimacy of social media is mistaken for a real relationship.

Can Movie-Making Be a Form of the Talking Cure?

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in Sensoria
Can movie-making be talking therapy?

Childhood Sex Abuse: The Long, Hard Road to Sexual Healing

By Michael Castleman M.A. on October 03, 2016 in All About Sex
Myth: Child sex abuse ruins victims for life. Truth: Recovery is painful and may take years, but survivors CAN build fulfilling lives and loving, nurturing sexual relationships.
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How Will You Handle Loss?

By Richard Taite on September 30, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
Your best defense against grief will never be your ability to plan around and corral it.

A Brief Look at Medical Student Syndrome

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in In Excess
There is some empirical evidence that some particular sub-groups of people appear to suffer hypochondria-related disorders relating to the medical conditions they are studying

Coping Guidelines for All of Us

In the last few months our nation has witnessed a surge in violent acts of intolerance. Are we suffering from secondary PTSD?

Recovery Is Not Immune From the Effects of Trauma

My work as a clinical psychologist has led me to understand that trauma may account for the lions’ share of recoverable substance abuse and behavioral health disorders.

Expressive Arts Therapies and Posttraumatic Growth

Arts expression and expressive arts therapies are changing personal narratives of posttraumatic stress to ones of posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic "possibility."

The Blessings and Challenges of Having “A Protector’s Brain”

We must move young people beyond blaming themselves for having "an anger problem." Shifting their identity towards having "a protector's brain" is a start.
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5 Ways to Deal With Anniversary Reactions

By Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in How to Be Yourself
Anniversary reactions are distressing and very real. Here's what you can do when anniversary memories are anything but silver or gold.